Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm a Twitt (er)

I don't know what to tell you or even how it works, but I'm a Twitter. You can check it out by going to Twitter. Twitter is a site for people like me who are extremely bored and into themselves - and like sharing personal information about themselves with others.

If you want to follow me and my day, click here.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


BOWI stands for ~ Big Outrageous Wild Ideas. When Jesus said that he came to bring us life and for us to have it more abundantly (John 10:10), I wonder if we are truly claiming the power behind such words? I think most humans tend to "under-live." Sure, we might have that occasional moment where we shoot for the stars, but most often we fail to launch the rocket. Sometimes we don't launch because of fear, embarrassment, doubt, and the list goes on. But what if God would grant you that one prayer, that BOWI moment? Would you take it?

During the month of September at Willowbrook I am teaching on "The Bucket List - a 30 Day Adventure." So far, we've created a pretty good atmosphere of dreaming big. Last week I challenged all of us to think about making a difference in a place called, Ukraine. Pastor Sergei and his translator, Julia, did a great job in helping us create a BOWI moment. BOWI moments change lives. To be in a place in which you must trust God for that BOWI moment draws you and God much closer together. In fact, the Bible says that it is impossible to please God without faith. That's the BOWI idea with legs on it.

So, what's your BOWI moment? What is God asking from you to do ~ in BOWI fashion?

Sound off and let's hear/see it.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Ouch & more Ouch

So ~ yesterday I thought I would give it a try. I wanted to run 20 miles. Never done it before. But now that I think I am Superman, I thought that I would give it a try. I had the perfect afternoon (low temps & low humidity). My first 12 miles went fantastic ("I'm the king of the world," moment), but I made one very serious mistake. I failed to drink water along the course. Ooops. On mile 13 the body screamed, "stop." I started cramping up in the legs and I started experiencing cold chills. Yep - I was a mess. They call this being "dehydrated." Some of my running friends told me the day before that every 6 or 7 miles I should be consuming liquids. But did I listen to them? Nope. I felt too good. I was in a groove. Who needs water?

Our spiritual journey can resemble this scenerio as well. We cruising along in life at Mach 6 speed, the RPM's are in the red zone, we're making great time, and ~ pow! Ouch & more ouch. We run right through the pit stop. We fail to see that the fuel light is on.

In the gospels Jesus proclaims, "I am the life giving water." He later goes on to say that if we drink from him "we will no longer thirst." It surprising how many times we think we can go without this life giving water. We get to church once a month (at best), we go another month without a quiet time with our Creator, and then we wonder why we feel empty and dry inside.

I want to encourage you from my poor example of running to stop frequently to be refueld spiritually. Get involved in a small group. Go to church often. Make God your number one priority. Because if he's not your number one - you will experience, like me, ouch and more ouch! Water anyone???

See you on Sunday.

By the way.... I'm stoked about this Sunday. My Pastor friend from Ukraine, Sergei, will be joining us in the service! Don't miss out!